Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Trusting God with the unknown

What are you hoping for? What kind of changes or breakthroughs do you want to see in your life? I find it’s always a case of sorting out which things I have the power and ability to change, and which ones I just have to surrender to God, until there’s a more obvious answer.

One of my long-term worries has been the behaviour issues of my eldest son. He is continually getting into trouble at school, and struggles emotionally and relationally. He’s always been a smart boy, but his emotions often get the better of him. We don’t know why he’s often so sad and angry. He has so many good qualities and I know God has a wonderful, big-picture plan for his life, but right now things are hard and the answers aren’t obvious for us or his teacher. We’ve tried so many avenues to help him, but I feel that all we can do right now is love him to bits, teach and discipline him the best way we can, affirm him when he does well, and pray.

Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

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I don’t know what the future holds for my beautiful, complicated son. But I do know God is in control and has answers to the questions I ask. I just haven’t seen them all yet. So today I choose to embrace the story I’m living, even before the ending is clear. This, I believe, is the essence of faith. Walking through the unknown things with a God that knows us better than we’ll ever know ourselves. And always remembering that a no-doubt glorious heaven with Jesus is waiting on the other side.

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20 thoughts on “Trusting God with the unknown

  1. “So today I choose to embrace the story I’m living, even before the ending is clear. ” What a powerful statement. We need to live what we know – the truth in God’s Word, not live by our emotions and how we feel. Blessings!

  2. Hi Ali
    That is so true! God is in control of our lives and faith is what pleases Him. We may not see the end but God does and that makes ALL the difference!!!
    Thanks for that reminder.
    I believe God has your son in His hands and as you look to God He will sort everything out with him. God has great plans for your kids!!!!

    1. It sure does Rolain! So glad our lives are in his hands.
      Thank you so much for your words – I’m really encouraged by them! Totally trusting in God’s big-picture plan and his love for us, every step of the way πŸ™‚
      Thanks heaps for dropping by.

  3. Thanks for sharing this, today I have been battling with doubts on the future of my marriage. Your message is confirmation on what I read earlier today; “keep on hoping. Do not give up hope, be an optimist. It is the protection of your mind”.
    Heb 10:23

    1. I’m so glad that you feel encouraged to renew your mind and build your hope in the area of your marriage. Praying with you that God would walk you through the doubts and provide comfort and answers for you and your husband. He loves you so very much and deeply understands the desires of your heart. He is the grand author of the story you’re living out, and he will walk you through each chapter. Hang in there!

  4. Your faith is strong in the Lord, but also remember that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you! Remember, God has given us authority to tread on serpents and has given us power over all the power of the enemy. Don’t chose to be satisfied with the current status, chose to change it in the Name of Jesus! Use the power that you have to arrest this situation. We have the power –God said that whatsoever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatsoever we loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven. You speak on behalf of your son and tell this situation to line up with the Word of God. God is waiting on you! Don’t say that you don’t know what the future holds for him, your son will do both great and mighty things and prevail in the Name of Jesus! I pray that you don’t see this as a rebuke, but a call to action. Your baby is depending on it. I look forward to hearing your testimony of the quick turn around.

    1. Thanks heaps for your encouragement and call-to-action Sharon! What a good reminder that Jesus can do anything – heal/restore/bring peace where there is struggle. Praying that God would do mighty things and turn this situation around, believing that my son has a wonderful future in God! So thankful that God’s will is perfect, and he will lead and guide us according to his perfect, unmatchable plan. Thanks so much for ministering to me!

  5. Embracing the story when the ending is unclear – that’s faith! It can be so hard when the moment we are in doesn’t make sense. I hope down the road, you will have a vision of His plan and feel peace instead of the worries that nag you today.

  6. I too had experienced similar struggles with my daughter who we journeyed with through peadatricians/speech pathology/psychology appointments. We didn’t have the answers the world needed, but God provided the answers we needed, we personally settled on a ‘non-diagnosis’ of borderline Aspergers as there were many traits, but not enough ‘evidence’ medically. Those answers bought us a new level of empowerment. **Faith will lead to an answer** Praying and believing with you that you find your answers soon!

    1. Thanks, it’s really helpful to hear what others have been through, and how it has built faith and resolve. I’m glad that you found some answers that made sense, and that you could settle with.
      Thank you for the reminder too that faith will lead to an answer, and that God will lead me. Thanks so much for your prayers and encouragement!

  7. “So today I choose to embrace the story I’m living, even before the ending is clear.” – I too love this statement! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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